BayToday Jr. Trappers Insider - Trappers Diversity

Wednesday, November 07, 2012   by: stephen langford

New Jr. Trappers forward Stephen Langford gets the "Mile High" feeling writing his first Jr. Trappers Insider on a rock cut. The Colorado native will be sharing his blog with you every Wednesday. Enjoy!

Happy Wednesday Trapper Nation!

When I came to this team, I wondered if Justin Schneeberger, Kyle Arenson, and I would be the only players from the States.

That proved not be the case as there are 10 U.S. born players on this year’s team.

Now you could say: "oh we have 10 Americans and 13 Canadian players?"

That would be a true statement.

But I’ll dig a little deeper into the details and discover some interesting differences.

For example Justin, Kyle and I are from Colorado, in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Before I moved to Colorado I had lived in Texas for 10 years. Those two states are quite different from each other.

The climate is very different, for one! In Texas, hockey takes a back seat to several sports, with football taking center stage. Hockey was part of the reason we moved to Colorado, along with the beautiful mountains, 300 days of sunshine, and the active outdoor lifestyle. It was very hard to leave family and the southern hospitality that Texas is known for.

We have Carter Horwitz who resides on the beautiful Pacific coast in Orange County, California in the off-season.

He has also lived in Hawaii for three years. Henry Yawit is here all the way from Anchorage, Alaska! Andrew Martin from Indiana,

Connor Gilmartin from Virginia, Cole Klippenstein from Tennessee, and Joe Echelmeir is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Devan Turcotte was born in Greenwich, Connecticut and lived in several U.S. states before moving to Canada.

Just a glimpse that shows you our US players are from the east coast, the west coast, and several places in between.

The Canadian players aren’t quite as spread out. Out of the 13 players, 12 are from the province of Ontario. They are from cities as far west as Kenora, as south as London, as east as L’original, and, surprisingly, only as far north as North Bay.

Sam Blanchet is a 7 hour drive east that brings you to Laurier-Station, Quebec.

At first glance, it may seem that there is little diversity in our Canadian players, but Ontario is a big province and there are only three players from our own hometown of North Bay. Our home towns might be all over the map, but we’re one big happy family up here in North Bay, Ontario!

Come watch us take on the Sudbury Nickel Barons tonight in Sudbury!

Go Trapps Go!!
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